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Our Mission

  • To provide a satisfying film-going experience to the people of Chorley and at the same time provide social cohesion and promote a sense of community
  • To provide a welcoming inclusive atmosphere
  • To screen a range of films that may have been overlooked by local multiplexes or had a limited release
  • To provide matinee presentations featuring fondly remembered classics and forgotten gems
  • To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to show archive films and other films of local interest along with more general film education
  • Wherever possible, to support the British film industry
  • To forge useful links with local organisations
  • To regularly communicate with and update our audience through various media and invite regular feedback


We show films throughout the year at Chorley Little Theatre, where we've installed a 23-foot wide big screen and 8 speaker surround sound. The projection is in digital HD for the very best picture quality.

A Brief History

Chorley Film Society was founded in 1986 when the last cinema in Chorley, The Plaza on Bolton Road, closed down.

The first Chairman was Richard Riley, and initially the society just showed 8mm films at people's houses.

In 1987 the society moved up to the Labour Club where six films were shown per year.  We moved to Chorley Little Theatre in 1991 showing the classic movie Citizen Kane. Tickets were priced at £2.50.

Throughout the 1990s the society got bigger screens and newer films and in 1997 were able to upgrade to all the latest equipment after a successful Lottery bid.

Since then the society has upgraded to bigger, brighter projectors, installed surround sound and now shows films in stunning high definition. We became Chorley Empire Community Cinema in 2010 after restoration work uncovered the original glass "Empire" sign at our regular venue, Chorley Little Theatre.

The Committee

Chairman : Eddie Robinson
Vice Chairman : Nick Ainsworth
Secretary : Nick Baker
Mailing List Secretary : Julia Berry
Treasurer : Janet Woodcock
Box Office/Logistics : Ian Lynch
Publicity : Ian Robinson
Fundraising : Paul Tate
Additional Members : Estelle Bryers, Tegwan Matthews, Nick Baker, Nigel Woodcock
Technical Advisor : Jim Monks
Webmaster : Rob Crossland

Films are chosen by a Committee chaired by Ian Robinson, based on Member's suggestions.


We are a proud member of the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) and have won the following awards:

Best Marketing (2008)
Best Community (2008 - Runner Up)
Best Community Society (2010)
The Engholm Prize For Film Society of the Year (2010 - Special Mention)